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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 06:00

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, at J4 for A38 Lydiate Ash.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J4, A38 (Lydiate Ash), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire both ways severe disruption, at J4 for A38 Lydiate Ash.

    M5 Worcestershire - M5 lane closed on exit slip road at J4, A38 (Lydiate Ash), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J8 for M50 and J7 for A44 Whittington Road Worcester.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J8 M50 and J7, A44 (Worcester), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A44 Whittington Road Worcester and J8 for M50.

    M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Home secretary reveals the hate crime he's faced

    Phil Maiden

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has spoken of the hate crime he's faced since becoming home secretary earlier this year.

    Sajid Javid

    Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Javid said he'd been called a raft of racial epithets.

    He revealed the abuse as he vowed to tackle intolerant behaviour in England and Wales.

    Ministers are preparing to publish a new blueprint aimed at providing better responses to reports of hate crime and raising awareness of what constitutes an offence.

  6. Pollution warning over floodwater driving

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Drivers are being warned not to drive through floodwater, not only because of the safety issues, but the pollution it can cause.

    Parts of Worcestershire are recovering after the rain at the weekend.

    Car in ford and then photo of oil skim on water

    The Environment Agency's Dave Throup says the flooding still didn't stop one driver trying to take their car through Walcot Ford near Pershore today.

    He's highlighted on Twitter the resulting pollution as oil from the vehicle leaked into the water.

  7. Severe congestion in Worcester

    There's severe congestion in Worcester city centre due to an earlier "police incident".

    The bridge on New Road remains closed in both directions.

    Drivers are being warned to avoid the area.

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  8. Football match in memory of student Thomas Jones

    Friends of Thomas Jones are gathering in Bromsgrove later for a special football match in memory of the student whose body was recovered from the River Severn.

    Thomas Jones

    The 18-year-old University of Worcester student went missing in September following a night out.

    His body was recovered nine days later.

    Bromsgrove Sporting will play the RAF Senior Representatives football team.

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    Severe disruption: M42 Worcestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, from J2 for A441 Alvechurch to J1 for A38 Birmingham Road.

    M42 Worcestershire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M42 southbound from J2, A441 (Alvechurch) to J1, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: A40 Gloucestershire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A40 Gloucestershire westbound severe disruption, from A4136 Longhope Road to B4222.

    A40 Gloucestershire - A40 closed and slow traffic westbound from the A4136 Longhope Road junction in Huntley to the B4222 junction in Lea, because of emergency repairs.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Lying surgeon described as 'pathological liar'

    An inquest into three patients, treated by a Worcestershire doctor who was subsequently jailed for lying about his qualifications, heard he had been cleared to work despite "damning statements" from several colleagues.

    The Worcestershire Coroner's Court heard Sudip Sarker had been described as a "pathological liar" who "should not be allowed anywhere near a patient" even before he completed his training in colorectal surgery.

    The first day of the inquest also heard Sarker had threatened legal action before being approved as a qualified surgeon by a health service training body in 2009.

    Sarker, 48, was given a six-year sentence at Worcester Crown Court in February after being convicted of fraud which landed him a job at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

    The inquest is expected to last up to four weeks.

  12. Thousands of apples washed down in wake of Storm Callum

    We see a lot of destruction through flooding and storms, but here's something a bit different.

    Apples

    Environment Agency manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Dave Throup tweeted the "strangest thing" - a picture of "thousands" of apples coming down the River Wye.

    He said: "Some getting stuck against the bridge but there's a constant string of them. Anyone know the owner?!"

    Storm Callum has caused a weekend of severe weather.

  13. Growing scourge of empty properties

    Tom Edwards

    Reporter, BBC Hereford & Worcester

    There are fears an increasing number of properties in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been empty so long they've become a magnet for vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

    Empty home

    There are more than 1,200 empty homes in Worcester - but it's also a growing problem in places like Kidderminster and Droitwich, as well as market towns in Herefordshire, with 5,000 empty homes across the two counties.

    In Wychavon and Malvern landlords are being offered £15,000 to bring uninhabitable properties back into use.

    Wyre Forest District Council says it is trying to encourage property owners to get their empty homes back into use.